• How to buy your first piece of Art

    So, you want to buy some artwork? This may sound difficult but in reality, it doesn't really have to be. By far the easiest way is to simply stroll into a gallery and purchase something you like. Easy enough, but there are alternatives. Don't get me wrong galleries are great and they can help guide you through what exactly you could be looking for. They are a business none the less and even though they support the artist, they do require their share of the profit. Business is business. 

       Maybe you follow a local artist and can't seem to find their work anywhere. Believe it or not, you can simply contact the artist directly. Be it social media, email or even giving them a call. Any professional artist should have some presence with the outside world.  Even though most of us would simply love to shy away into our studios. We need to reach out and sell our works. Sales only further our desire and ability to create even more works we haven't envisioned yet. 

       A few helpful hints before you set out on your adventure towards your first venture as a true patron of the arts.

    Ask yourself this, what room do I really want to bring life to with some artwork?

    What size range am I willing to work with? Bigger isn't always better. 

    Lastly, what can I reasonably afford to put towards this purchase. 

    Remember, you are not simply paying for a pretty picture, this is something that is essentially a piece of the artist's soul, left for the world to enjoy and to carry on his story for the ages. 

  • Never Quit

    It's been awhile since I've added to my blog. So I'll start 2023 with another lesson I've learned along this road of life. 

    The Universe has no favorites and it will kick you in the teeth whenever it feel like it, and that's what happened just before the new year. 

    We had a major accident at my home studio and most of work was almost destroyed.  Will it stop me. NO. Will I be annoyed. YES. But things like this will happen to every single one of us on our way through life. The difference between those that live a life worthy of praise and those that just meandor through life, is the ability to persevere regardless as to what happens to them. 

    I've looked at this moment as simply a lesson. Now I get to go through each piece and add a few more layers. Many of these works where from my earlier years and there is so much more that I've learned since. I'm almost looking forward to it. The only part that is truly frustrating is the unforseen home improvements that must be done before I can start working on all these paintings and sculpture!

    So to 2023, I say bring on your challenges, I'm ready to tackle each and every one of them. I hope you do the same my friends. 


  • NFT's

    Listen, it's 2022 the world is still dealing with Covid and I'm just trying to create in the real world and now this whole new digital world of art and "NFT's" have hit the scene and I'm still trying to wrap my head around it all. Oh how fun the future is going to be. Scary, but fun!  Check out the NFT link for my first one up for sale. I've also added another link to what NFT's or Non Fungible Tokens are.



  • Simple rules to live by!

    Let me introduce you to "The Four Agreements" by Manuel Ruiz.  This small yet powerful book has helped so many people including myself.  Even the book will admit that the process of following these rules takes time and even to this day I wall pause and catch myself making an assumption and totally taking it to an uneccessary level. The taking thing personally part is rather difficult to say the least. The trick is everyone else is their own little universe.  The things that they say or do are not always directly meant for us in any way shape or form.  We've all felt personal attacks before but if you where to shine the light of truth over the matter, many of us would realize we where totally wrong from the start.  

    I suggest this book for anyone looking for a simple beginner step to a better overall outlook on this crazy life of ours. 


  • Gratitude

        This morning I had to take second, as I watched my son walk shirtless and barefooted down the driveway to get our mail.  Right then and there the immense feeling of gratitude came over me. At the very moment all the stresses and worries of this life simply faded away.  As difficult as things may seem, every bit of it is worth it. 

      I'm eternally grateful for this quirky little family of mine. I can remember a time, not that long ago, where I was alone longing for something meaningful in my life. I was content with my career and more than happy with the freedom that single life offers. All of that means nothing when you come home to an empty house or when you have to attend a holiday gathering and things just don't feel the way they should be.  

       The flip side is the constant comparison of our lives with those we admire. It's been said that comparison is the "Thief of Joy" and I fully understand this. Even today I catch myself daydreaming and wondering what if.   One has to remember that in the pursuit of dreams and goals to take a step back and reflect and simply be grateful for the things in your life that YOU DO HAVE.  

    There are many out there who view your life as a dream come true. So just be grateful today and try and stretch that feeling out for the tomorrows to come. 

    Here is a great link to a Psychology Today article on Gratitude.

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